Woman Seeks $5K Hit Man on Craigslist

Advertised 'freelance' job was to 'eradicate' wife of woman's lover
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 27, 2008 5:32 PM CST
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(Newser) – A Michigan woman posted a job on Craigslist last year to murder her lover's wife, the FBI announced yesterday. Ann Marie Linscott, 49, put up a generic "freelance" ad but asked responders to "eradicate a female living in Oroville, California" for $5,000. "I've seen some screwy things, but I've personally never heard of anything like this," an FBI agent said.

Linscott sent job-shoppers the wife's description and address, but they reported her to Craigslist, the AP reports. "Out of 550 million classified ads posted over 12 years, this is the first such incident that we're aware of," said Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster. Federal prosecutors are now seeking a trial in Northern California, where the intended victim and her husband reside.